30 Best Disney World Rides for Adults

Disney is the most magical place in the world and it’s not just for little kids! With iconic rides and classic attractions, going to Disney World as an adult gives you a different experience that you won’t want to miss out on. So, we took the time to find the 30 best Disney World rides for adults to have the best experience!

Disney World can get overwhelming with the number of rides and attractions it offers. Especially with so many rides catered towards children and teens.

So, we took the time to make the complete guide on the best rides and the best theme parks for your Disney trip. Including water rides, theme parks, roller-coasters, festivals, and more.

Here’s the scoop on the 30 best Disney World rides for adults!

1. Space Mountain

Ever wanted to experience zipping through space? Well, we’ve got the perfect ride for you! Space Mountain is an outer space-themed roller coaster that is located indoors, where you can experience what it’s being pulled by gravity into a wormhole. I mean if I rode this ride, I’d probably be screaming like a little kid too. But that can be our little secret.

2. Haunted Mansion

Now, this is a great time for those who loved to get spooked! At the Haunted Mansion, a spirit’s voice guides you through a haunted estate home to ghouls, ghosts, and the supernatural. But don’t worry there is no gore and the ride is slow, so it’s still ok for young children to enjoy.

This ride is also located in Tokyo Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland. Even though the designs are slightly different you’ll still have just as fun of a time!

3. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Mine Train

Ready for the Wildest Ride in the Wilderness? Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Mine Train roller coaster has no conductor so you get to experience 3 ½ minutes of craziness. Ride through mountains, caverns, avalanches, and floods in the old west.

Trust me, you’ll want to hold on time for this ride. Be careful leaving the ride, because it will definitely have you shakin’ in your boots by the end of it. 

4. Splash Mountain

This was one of my favorite Disney rides as a kid, and it still takes the cake as an adult! Drift along the bayou on Splash mountain but be prepared for the 5-story drop at the end!

Also, be prepared to get splashed on this great ride. Make sure you go to the kiosk to get the picture from the drop. That way you can keep this fun memory forever.

5. Toy Story Mania

Take a step inside Andy’s room at Toy Story Mania. This 4-D theme park attraction starts you off walking through a toy chest of games. Once you make it through using your spring-action shooter to shoot at moving targets.

If you are competitive this is the attraction for you! Take your best shot against other players for the high score. And yes, it’s ok if you win against a little kid.

6. Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin

Help Buzz defeat his arch-nemesis at Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin. In this attraction, Zurg is stealing batteries from the toys, so it’s your job to help Buzz blast all the targets to stop him. This is a great place for those who love Toy Story! Also, a fun attraction for all ages.

7. Slinky Dog Dash

Who didn’t love the Slinky dog from Toy Story? We all did! The Slinky Dog Dash is located within Toy Story Land. On this roller-coaster, you get to ride Slinky dog and watch as his coils spring back and forth as you bend around turn, and zoom up and down hills. This classic ride is perfect for the whole family!

8. Kilimanjaro Safaris

At Kilimanjaro safaris you get to experience Africa at the Harambe Wildlife Reserve. This is your chance to see 34 species living on 110 acres of plains through this guided safari tour. One of the best things about this tour is you never know what’s going to happen!

You will want to go during the day and again at night for a truly unique experience each and every time. This attraction gives you the essence of being on a real African safari.

9. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Feel like you live in a small world? Then escape to a galaxy far far away with Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the best Disney park for Star Wars lovers.

This theme park includes Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance and Millennium Falcon Smuggler’s Run which includes star tours. You can find this park located at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando.

10. Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

Are you ready to take on the Storm Troopers? Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is a massive attraction located in Galaxy’s Edge where you get to help the Resistance Fighters on a mission! Will you defeat the troopers? Guess you’ll have to see for yourself on your next Disney trip.

11. Millenium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run

Fly the Millenium Falcon through an interactive smuggling mission at the Millenium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run attraction. Choose your role as a pilot, engineer, or gunner, on one of Disney’s best thrill rides. This ride is safe for kids, tweens, teens, and adults, so bring the whole family. 

12. Jungle Cruise

The Jungle Cruise is a guided riverboat tour through some of the world’s most treacherous waters in different countries. This is a fun way to experience the essence of the jungle, but be careful of the animals lurking.

On this ride, you’ll see hippos, lions, and zebras on your ride down the river. Hopefully, you won’t have to wait, but if you do, this tour is totally worth the long lines.

13. Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Drop Tower

Ready for some serious mystery? Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Drop Tower is a fun and accelerating dark ride at Hollywood Studios! Relive the story of a scary Halloween night in 1939 when visiting this attraction.

The story goes that some patrons were riding an elevator when the lighting struck and was mysteriously never seen again. Take that same elevator ride, but hold on tight and try not to scream.

This ride propels you up and down the elevator shaft leaving you guessing if you’ll make it out, or never be seen again like the lost patrons. 

14. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Want a peek into the life of the seven dwarfs from Snow White? Then you must check out the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train roller coaster located at Magic Kingdom park.

Climb into a rustic mine train and take a wobbly ride through an old mountain. At the peak of this ride, you get an amazing view of Fantasyland before you zoom back down to the base of the mountain. 

15. Peter Pan’s Flight

Located in Fantasyland is Peter Pan’s Flight. This is a Disney’s dark ride that takes you on a journey over London before descending into Neverland. Follow Peter Pan as he passes glowing volcanoes and glimmering waterfalls, but watch out for Captain Hook lurking around!

Will you escape him and make it back to London or will you meet your demise? The only way to find out is by checking out this Disney classic ride.

16. Expedition Everest

Wow! Expedition Everest is one of the best attractions for those seeking heights and thrill! Board a train in a Tibetan Village at the base of the mountain, and get ready for an unexpected ride. As your train speeds through the darkness, you have no idea what is to come.

Suddenly, you see a broken track in the distance, but you aren’t slowing down. The only way to escape is to plummet back into the darkness. Will you make it out or will the yeti take you out? 

17. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith

This is for the Aerosmith Fans! Rock ‘n’ Roller coaster starring Aerosmith is located at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Here you can get a view of what it’s like inside their Hollywood recording studio. Maybe you’ll catch them finishing up a session.

Hop into their fancy limo and follow them to their concert on this roller coaster-style attraction. This is sure to be one of your favorite rides! Now this is a definitely one of the best Disney World rides for adults.

18. The Na’vi River Journey

Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park is home to some of the best Disney World rides! Check out Pandora – The World of Avatar where you can experience The Na’vi River Journey.

At this attraction, you can drift on a boat ride through the rainforest as you search for the Na’vi Shamon of Songs. This ride truly takes you to a whole new world with incredible scenes.

19. The Avatar Flight of Passage

Here is another awesome attraction in Pandora: The Avatar Flight of Passage. This 3D flying simulator is the best way to take in the spectacular views of the unique world of Pandora!

You’re lying if you never dreamed of boarding your own mountain banshee and taking flight, and at this attraction, you can do just that. Fly through the sky and feel the wind in your hair as you take on the life of an Avatar.

20. Echanted Tiki Room

Enchanted Tiki Room is a theatre-in-the-round show with over 225 choreographed Audio-Animatronics performers. One of the many popular attractions at Disney. You can sit back and relax, or join the fun and sing along with the lively exotic birds, flowers, and tiki statues.

The incredible colors and sounds will help you escape to another world. You can enjoy all of what this attraction provides while embracing the beauty of the South pacific. 

21. Spaceship Earth

Future World is one of the two lands at Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort. It is divided into two sections, Future World East and Future World West where you can find an array of the best Epcot rides. The other half of Epcot is World Showcase. Located at the entrance of Future World is Spaceship Earth.

Spaceship Earth is a slow ride which makes it easy if you have small children or motion sickness. This ride takes you all the way back in time in only 16 minutes, while vividly showcasing some big moments in history. 

22. The International Food and Wine Festival

It may not be a ride but it’s totally worth counting on our list! While you are at Epcot, you must check out the International Food and Wine Festival! Here you can try food and wine from 6 different continents, check out the live entertainment, and take home some fun festival momentos. 

A great way to enjoy some alcoholic beverages, try different dining options, and take in the magical world of Disney. With such an open space, there shouldn’t be a long wait.

23. Kali River Rapids

The Kali River Rapids is located in Asia at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme park. With so many water parks it’s hard to choose the best Disney World park, but we promise you, this ride is SO much fun! With Twists and turns down rushing rapids, you better hold on tight for the 20-foot slope.

If you decide to enjoy this ride, you’ll definitely want to bring your bathing suit because there is no way you won’t get wet! On the bright side, if it’s super hot this ride will cool you down. Definitely a top choice for the best Disney World rides for adults.

24. Pirates of the Caribbean

I mean, who isn’t a huge Pirates of the Caribbean fan? Well, maybe it’s just me. Or you too! If so, check out the super cool Pirates of the Caribbean water ride where you can see Captain Jack Sparrow from the film series.

Watch out for the pirates and the cannon fire as you take a trip on an old ship down a waterfall and through the World of Pirates Grotto. You must protect your treasures at all costs from the pirates watching around every corner.

25. Soarin’ Around the World

Want to see the world in just a matter of minutes? Soarin’ Around The World is an incredible aerial expedition, you can see an array of countries and their famous landmarks!

From the Swiss Alps to icy Greenland, to the iconic Sydney Harbor in Australia, this ride will leave you speechless. Created in an 80-foot IMAX digital projection dome you’ll have an experience you’ll never forget.

26. Test Track

For the thrill-seekers! At the Test Track attraction, you are able to create your own virtual concept car and then put it to the test! Hop in the 6-passenger “SIM” car and take it for a wild ride. This super cool ride goes up to 65 miles per hour and at the end, you get to see how well your car performed.

This definitely makes the cut as one of the best Disney World rides for adults, especially those into cars and racing.

27. Aerophile Balloon Flight

If you’ve ever wanted to fly high in a hot air balloon, this ride is for you! In the Aerophile Balloon Flight you can climb 400 feet in the air and get an incredible 360 view from the top. You won’t want to miss out on this 8- minute adventure while in Disney Springs.

With tickets at only 20$ for kids and 25$ for adults, it’ll be the best time for the whole family. While in Disney Springs you can also stop at some awesome shops and great dining options. You are sure to have fun from the beginning of the ride to the end of the ride!

28. Astro Orbiter

The adventures continue for space lovers! On the Astro Orbiter, you become the pilot. You push or pull your lever in your ship to control your ride. levitate in your 2-passenger space shuttle as you orbit the planets with sights and sounds from Tomorrowland. Feel the breeze on your face, and the excitement in your heart as you fly sky high!

29. Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor

The Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor is another attraction that isn’t a ride but an experience. It’s a must-see at Magic Kindom Park! Participate in a comedy show held by Monster’s Inc. character and company. Just don’t be surprised if you end up being a part of the show because the characters love to engage with the audience. It’s sure to be a good time full of fun and laughter.

30. Frozen Ever After

So, we all know Frozen wasn’t just a great movie for kids… As adults, we had those songs stuck in our heads as well! This relaxing Frozen Ever After boat ride carries you through the beautiful willow forest from Frozen. Feel the magic of Frozen, and keep your eye out for Anna, Olaf, and the other Frozen friends.

So which one will be your first ride when you arrive at Disney? I am definitely checking out Splash Mountain again, and planning to visit the Food and Wine Festival.

Disney World is the most magical place on earth, and for a good reason. As a kid or an adult, you will have the time of your life visiting all of the incredible attractions and rides Disney has to offer. These rides are perfect for any adult trying to get their fix of Disney and have an unforgettable time.

And that’s the scoop on the 30 best Disney World rides for adults!

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